The World Artificial Intelligence Show rolled out in Mumbai marked another eventful show this year. Organised by Trescon, the conference took place at The Lalit Plaza in Mumbai on the 22-23 November, to catapult the government’s AI vision which enables enterprises and industries to harness the latest innovations across varied domains.
In support of the developing Artificial Intelligence industry in India, the event flagged off with an opening keynote delivered by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary for the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, followed by an address by Kaustubh Dhavse , Joint Secretary & Officer on Special Duty to the Hon. Chief Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra, who touched upon the topic of making governments ready for the advent of AI.
Speaking at the event, Kaustubh said, “The key here is that when you are going to see the magic of AI being delivered, it is important to also monitor how effectively you can use it in your applications.”
The event was officially supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India; Government of Maharashtra; Maharashtra State Innovation Society along with NITI Aayog. The event also garnered support from technology giant Microsoft.
The sessions were followed by two workshops held by Microsoft and IBM respectively. ‘Startup World Cup – Regional Competition’ featured 18 startups showcasing their ideas and innovations to an esteemed panel of judges. ‘Facilio’ won the competition, who will now receive a free trip to compete at the grand finale ‘Startup World Cup’ 2019 in San Francisco, for $1 Million grand prize.
The event also played host to some of the notable personalities from the AI industry such as Chetan Krishnamurthy, Asia Pacific Business Leader, Watson AI, IBM; Aparna Gupta, GM India, Commercial Software Engineering (CSE), Microsoft, and Dinis Guarda, CEO & Founder, Ztudium – Block Dna – Intelligenthq among others.